About The Exhibition
This exhibition is curated by Carolyn Mazloomi, Ph.D., and is organized by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Cincinnati Museum Center.
And Still We Rise appeals to a broad audience from quilters to crafters and from historians to fashion and textile enthusiasts.
Stretched end to end, the quilts of And Still We Rise would cover the length of the Cincinnati Bengals’ football field!
The quilts of And Still We Rise showcase the artists’ mastery of a diverse range of fiber art techniques, among them: free motion quilting, embroidery, needlepoint, appliqué, fiber collage, and hand beading.
The exhibition represents a diverse collection of fiber art from around the world, which includes quilts created in China, Tanzania, and 20 states in the US, all quilted in traditional African American style.
About the WCQN
Local quilters will enjoy 14 quilts crafted by Ohio artists, four of whom are from Cincinnati.
In 1985 guest curator, Carolyn L. Mazloomi, Ph.D., founded the Women of Color Quilters Network, (WCQN), whose membership also includes men. The objective of the organization was to promote inclusiveness in African American quilt making.
Carolyn Mazloomi, Ph.D. frequently creates in series form to convey the multiple stories within her chosen subject – the Goddess series to explore the power of women, the Jazz series to connect her spirit and soul to the importance of music in her life, the War and Peace series to voice her opposition to the horrors inflicted by war, and the Ancestors Series to honor those who paved the way.
WCQN has exhibited quilts in Japan, England, South African, Italy and Australia as part of art programs sponsored by the United States Department of State.
Since 1991 the master artists of WCQN, designated as cultural envoys, have worked with the United States Department of State to exhibit quilts and teach workshops in Africa, South America and Europe.